Why You Should Attend The Quiksilver Waterman’s Festival This Weekend
If you fancy yourself a waterman or waterwoman you should be at Huntington Beach this Sunday, August 14, for The Waterman’s Festival presented by Quiksilver Waterman. If you don’t but still like to SUP, swim or traditional paddleboard there’s still something for you with open divisions, open ocean swims and if you want to get really serious, Jamie Mitchell’s infamous Survivor race elimination challenge in both swimming and SUP. Still not convinced? Here are five good reasons to go.
Jamie Mitchell is a legendary 10-time paddleboard champion of Molokai 2 Oahu. He’s a world-class big wave surfer. He’s a world-class standup paddle racer and surfer. He’s a world-class event organizer. Anything Mitchell sets his mind to, he crushes. This weekend’s event will be no different.
Top Level Competitors
With a $30,000 prize purse, expect to see many of prone, swimming and SUP’s top athletes show up on the sands of Huntington to take a shot at the dough. Connor Baxter, Candice Appleby, Shae Foudy and Giorgio Gomez are all confirmed on the SUP side, while other athletes rumored to be showing up are Travis Grant, Casper Steinfath and Michael Booth. We’d expect many more to fill out the list before Sunday.
Something for Everyone
Swim, SUP, prone. If you’re an ocean competitor, there’s somewhere you fit in here. Come test yourself against the best in the world or compete in the open classes. The Junior Lifeguards will be competing too.
Huntington Beach In the Summer
Have you been to Huntington Beach in the summer time? If not, you’re in for a treat. Huntington is one of the most historic and iconic beachscapes in America filled with beach bods, rollerbladers, surfers, lifeguards, beach cruisers, hot dogs, waves and just about anything else you can imagine. It’s the perfect venue for a rollicking competition.
The Race Format
Mitchell’s “Survivor” format is one of the most exciting race styles in the sport. Racers go head-to-head in and out through the waves in short sprint heats in front of the hooting crowd. The last finishers are eliminated. This goes on until the final heat, where the top 10 racers battle it out for podium honors. It’s not to be missed.